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Key Facts on U.S. Nonprofits and Foundations, 2021

June 17, 2021

The Key Facts on U.S. Nonprofits and Foundations 2021 is an annual publication from Candid, combining the wisdom from Foundation Center's former Key Facts on U.S. Foundations report and GuideStar's former Nine Things You Might Not Know about U.S. Nonprofits. It offers at-a-glance information about the nonprofit sector. Where does nonprofit revenue come from? Is foundation giving growing? We answer these questions and more.

Key Facts on U.S. Nonprofits and Foundations

April 22, 2020

The Key Facts on U.S. Nonprofits and Foundations is a first-ever publication combining the wisdom from Foundation Center's former Key Facts on U.S. Foundations report and GuideStar's former Nine Things You Might Not Know aboutU.S. Nonprofits. It offers at-a-glance information about the nonprofit sector. Where does nonprofit revenue come from? Is foundation giving growing? We answer these questions and more.

Southern Trends: 50 Years of Philanthropy in the Southeast Region

November 13, 2019

Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) partnered with Candid to develop key findings that highlight data and trends on philanthropy in the South. This edition of the Trends Report captures the 50-year history of SECF, focused on the ways Southern philanthropy has changed since its founding in 1969. The data presented here tells a powerful story. In the last five decades, Southern philanthropy has grown significantly by every measure.A region where giving was once dominated by family foundations is now host to a diverse network of funders, including some who did not even exist 50 years ago. That change shows no signs of slowing, either–this century alone has seen significant growth in assets and giving.Overall, the information provided here shows that Southern philanthropy is stronger than ever–and more ready than ever to transform communities and improve lives.

U.S. Foundation Funding for Central America in Context

September 12, 2016

This fact sheet describes U.S. foundation funding in the larger context of funding by U.S. foundations for international causes more generally.

Aportes filantrópicos de fundaciones estadounidenses a Centroamérica en su contexto

September 12, 2016

This fact sheet describes U.S. foundation funding in the larger context of funding by U.S. foundations for international causes more generally.

Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking - Working Definition of Human Rights Grantmaking

January 1, 2016

A document outlining the working definition of human rights grantmaking: what this term means, what the goals of human rights grantmaking are, and the various categories of human rights.

Special Topic Trends

Florida Philanthropy at a Glance

January 1, 2015

Florida is home to over 5,300 grantmaking foundations spanning all types—Private independent or family, corporate, community, and operating—sizes, and issue areas. In 2013, these grantmakers awarded just over $1.5 billion to charitable causes and held close to $25 billion in assets. Education, health, and human services were the top priorities of Florida grantmakers. Including bequests and giving by individuals, charitable giving by Floridians totaled $16.3 billion. This fact sheet summarizes the key findings from the report Giving in Florida, 2015. 

El Avance de los Derechos Humanos: Actualización sobre la Situación Mundial de Donativos otorgados por las Fundaciones - Principales Hallazgos

January 1, 2014

El Avance de los Derechos Humanos: Actualización sobre la Situación Mundial de Donativos de las Fundaciones explora los donativos para Derechos Humanos por donante, región, tema y enfoque de población en 2011 y también proporciona un resumen de los cambios principales en las subvenciones entre 2010 y 2011. Año con año, los cambios en los niveles de donativos pueden ser influenciados por una o por algunas fundaciones y/o por un conjunto de donativos muy grandes y afectan a aquéllas subvenciones que representan pequeñas porciones del total de dólares otorgados o, del número de donativos totales. Por consiguiente, los lectores deben ser cautelosos en sacar conclusiones a largo plazo sobre los cambios en las prioridades de los donativos basados en cambios de un solo año.

Special Topic Trends

Promouvoir les Droits Humains: Mise à jour sur le Subventionnement Mondial par des Fondations - Principaux Constats, 2014

January 1, 2014

Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking examine le subventionnement des droits humains en fonction du bailleur de fonds, de la région, du thème, et de la population visée en 2011 et fournit également un aperçu des principaux changements dans les dons entre 2010 et 2011. Les fluctuations d'année en année dans les niveaux de subventionnement peuvent être influencées par une ou quelques fondations et/ou un petit nombre de subventions très importantes, en particulier concernant des questions qui représentent des parts de dollars de subventions et de subventions qui sont dans l'ensemble relativement petites. Par conséquent, les lecteurs devraient faire preuve de prudence en tirant des conclusions à long terme sur les changements des priorités dans le subventionnement en fonction des changements d'une seule année.

Special Topic Trends

Preview of Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, 2014 Edition

January 1, 2014

In 2012 the U.S. was home to 86,192 foundations with $715 billion in assets and $52 billion in giving. This factsheet outlines the key facts associated with this giving.

National Trends

Key Facts on U.S. Foundations 2014

January 1, 2014

Key Facts on U.S. Foundations provides you with what you need to know about the scale of the nation's foundation community and the grantmaking priorities of the largest foundations. This report is produced annually by Foundation Center's research team.

Key Findings From Harnessing Collaborative Technologies

November 5, 2013

This report was produced through a joint research project of the Monitor Institute and the Foundation Center. The research included an extensive literature review on collaboration in philanthropy, detailed analysis of trends from a recent Foundation Center survey of the largest U.S. foundations, interviews with 37 leading philanthropy professionals and technology experts, and a review of over 170 online tools.The report is a story about how new tools are changing the way funders collaborate. It includes three primary sections: an introduction to emerging technologies and the changing context for philanthropic collaboration; an overview of collaborative needs and tools; and recommendations for improving the collaborative technology landscape.This key findings document outlines key themes from this research and serves as a companion piece to the full report.